Inspired by 7-year-old Wiltonian Patrick “Patch” Angerame, who suffered a stroke before he was born, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) introduced resolutions in the House and Senate on April 30, to recognize May as National Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.
“Our youngest [Patch] had a stroke before he was born and it affects our family wholly,” said Patch’s mother, Jennifer Angerame.
“We’re always surprised how nobody thinks that children can have a stroke, but they do — frequently.”
Himes, Blumenthal and Murphy’s resolution:
- Urges support of programs, services and organizations that provide increased awareness of and education about pediatric strokes.
- Supports the work of the National Institutes of Health for medical research and work on pediatric strokes.
- Urges coordination among federal, state and local governments to improve treatments and prognoses for children who suffer from pediatric strokes.